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Royals complete second day of draft

The Royals completed the second day of the 2010 First-Year Rule 4 Player Draft today, selecting 29 players after drafting shortstop Christian Colon in the first round on Monday. 

Kansas City’s first selection of the day came in the second round (54th overall) when they chose University of Arkansas centerfielder Brett Eibner.  The Houston native has batted .337 with 21 home runs and 69 RBI for the Razorbacks.  He was named to the watch list for the Olerud Award, which recognizes college baseball’s best two-way player.  Eibner has compiled a 3-4 mark and a 4.39 ERA in 55.1 IP on the mound 

The Royals went with a local prep star in the fifth round, selecting right-handed pitcher Jason Adam from Blue Valley Northwest High School.  Other local selections included University of Nebraska pitcher Michael Mariot (eighth round), Oklahoma State catcher Kevin David (19th round) and University of Missouri shortstop Michael Liberto (21st round). 

The Royals selected Brian Fletcher, son of former Major League infielder Scott Fletcher, in the 18th round.  The Auburn University outfielder is currently second in the SEC with 22 home runs.

The club selected five players out of high school and 24 from the college ranks today, including two junior college picks (Miami Dade teammates Daniel Hernandez and Jose Rodriguez). Among the 30 players selected over the first two days, the position-by-position breakdown includes: 14 pitchers (11 right-handers, three left-handers), three catchers, six infielders and seven outfielders.

Royals sign four draft picks, including Razorbacks

The Royals have signed four more draft picks from the 2009 MLB First-Year Player Draft, including the double play combination from 2009 College World Series entrant the University of Arkansas. 


Razorbacks’ senior shortstop Scott Lyons, KC’s 15th round pick, and senior second baseman Benjamin Tschepikow, a 17th round selection, signed their contracts at Springdale’s Arvest Ballpark, home of KC’s Double-A affiliate Northwest Arkansas Naturals.  The duo will be separated as Lyons will begin his pro career for the Royals’ Arizona Rookie League team in Surprise, while Tschepikow will start at Idaho Falls (R) in the Pioneer League.  Also inking was left-handed pitcher Jonathon Keck, KC’s 42nd round pick from Bethel College in Tennessee, and 47th round selection Anthony Howard, a centerfielder from Quince Orchard High in Maryland.


In addition, the Royals have signed Scott Shimek, a right-handed pitcher from St. Mary’s University (TX), as an undrafted free agent.


The Royals have now signed 22 of their 49 selections and four undrafted free agents.  For a full list of 2009 draftees and signings, follow this link:

Additional Draft Signings

The Royals inked 10 more players from the 2009 First Year Player Draft and also signed a pair of undrafted players…the draft picks who have agreed to join the organization include:

Mathiew White (#6 pick, righthanded pitcher, University of New Mexico);

George Baumann (#7, lefthanded pitcher, Missouri State University);

Benjamin Theriot (#9, catcher, Texas State University);

Brendan Lafferty (#18, lefthanded pitcher, UCLA);

Ryan Stovall (#19, third baseman, Thomas University, GA);

Marvin Cooper (#21, centerfielder, Belhaven College, MS);

Ryan Dennick (#22, lefthanded pitcher, Tennessee Tech University);

Scott Kelley (#23, righthanded pitcher, Penn State University);

Gabriel MacDougall (#27, left fielder, Lynn University, FL) and

Claudio Bavera (#33, Cochise College, AZ)

The Royals also signed undrafted players Jack Adams (righthanded pitcher, San Jose State University, CA) and Bryan Roberts (righthanded pitcher, Loyola Marymount University, CA)

To date, the Royals have signed 17 selections from the draft and inked 4 more undrafted players.  For the full list of draft selections and signings, follow  this link:

Draft Signings

The 2009 First-Year Player Draft took place last week, with the Royals selecting 49 players.  The club has signed seven selections, plus a pair of non-drafted free agents. Here is a list of players signed to date:


10th round selection Geoffrey Baldwin, a first baseman from Grand Junction High School in Colorado


11th round selection Ryan Wood, a shortstop from East Carolina University


12th round selection Nicholas Wooley, a right-handed pitcher from William Woods University


16th round selection Eric Diaz, a left-handed pitcher from New Mexico Junior College


20th round selection Patrick Keating, a right-handed pitcher from the University of Florida


25th round selection Richard Folmer, a right-handed pitcher from Stephen F. Austin State University


30th round selection Josh Worrell, son of former Major Leaguer Todd Worrell, a right-handed pitcher from Indiana Wesleyan University


Non-drafted free agent Jose Sanchez, a left-handed pitcher from Montgomery College – Germantown


Non-drafted free agent Kyle Sweat, a right-handed pitcher from the University of Central Florida



Royals have something to "Crow" about

The Royals landed a highly touted prospect in the first round today, and the pitcher was in their own backyard.  University of Missouri product Aaron Crow, who went to Washburn Rural High School in Topeka, was the 12th overall pick.  Crow went 13-0 with Mizzou as a junior in 2008 to earn Big 12 Pitcher of the Year honors.  He was selected by Washington last year, but did not sign.  Crow has pitched for the Fort Worth Cats in the independent American Assocation in 2008 and 2009.


Royals team photographer Chris Vleisides was in the “war room” during today’s first round.  Here are some exclusive pictures.


First, we see General Manager Dayton Moore as he talks with Midwest Regional Supervisor John Flannery.











Strategy.jpgHere’s Dayton discussing draft strategies with Lonnie Goldberg, Mike Arbuckle, J.J. Picollo, Steve Williams, and Dean Taylor.




Congratulations.jpgThe Royals have made their pick!  J.J. Picollo gets congratulations from the baseball operations staff, including National Supervisor Junior Vizcaino.

Draft day is here!

The 2009 First-Year Player Draft starts today, with the Royals picking 12th overall.  Kansas City also has a third-round selection, the 91st overall pick.  Coverage begins at 5:00 p.m. CT on the MLB Network.  Stay tuned to,, and Around the Horn for the latest on the draft

Hosmer to chat on Tuesday

8-23 Hosmer stance.JPGThe 2009 First-Year Player Draft starts next Tuesday.  Tomorrow, you can get an inside perspective on what it’s like to be a top prospect on draft day.  Eric Hosmer, Kansas City’s first-round pick in 2008, will chat with fans on starting at 2:00 p.m. Central time. 


Eric was rated as the best high school power hitter by Baseball America before last year’s draft.  He is playing for the Burlington Bees in the Class-A Midwest League.  After a slow start, Eric is tearing the cover off the ball.  He homered on Sunday and is batting .343 with 14 RBI in his last 10 games.


Get your questions ready now!  The chat is free, but you need to register at to participate. 


Royals in the Community…

As the 2008 draft enters the final stages, we thought we’d take a quick look ahead on the ol’ community calendar to see what’s coming up while the team is on the road and when the Boys and Blue return to town. Here’s the rundown…

Alex’s Lemonade Stand: If you are out and about Saturday (June 7), don’t forget to stop by and visit Alex’s Lemonade Stand at your area Hy-Vee. In fact, if you are in the Lee’s Summit area, you’ll get to hang out with Royals mascot Sluggerrr, who will appear at two local Hy-Vee stores in support of Alex’s Lemonade Stand and the fight against childhood cancer. Sluggerrr will appear at the Hy-Vee store located at 301 NE Rice Road in Lee’s Summit, Mo. at 9 a.m. and will visit another Lee’s Summit location (310 SW Ward Road) at 10 a.m.

On June 6-7, Alex’s Lemonade Stands will be at all Kansas City area Hy-Vee stores as part of the national Alex’s Lemonade Weekend. Last year’s stands in Kansas City raised $80,000 for childhood cancer research.

More Sluggerrr: On Tuesday (June 10), prior to cheering on the Royals in the series opener against the Texas Rangers, Sluggerrr joins the National Center for Fathering at the 2008 Celebration of Fatherhood. The event, which will take place at the Kansas City Public Library, honors the winners of the Royals “Father of the Year” essay contest. 

Royals Open Tryout Camp: The Royals open tryout camp is also Tuesday at Mid-America Nazarene University at 2030 E. College Way in Olathe, Kan. Registration, which is free, begins at 8 a.m. and the camp will start at 9 a.m. Don’t forget your liability waiver – found at!

“Weekday Edition” Dodge Buck Night: Break out those ones…for Dodge Buck Night! It’s a special mid-week edition (Wednesday!) of the Kauffman Stadium fan favorite!

RBI Day at The K: The RBI kids are back at The K on Wednesday for the Royals 7:10 p.m. game. Each season, the Royals host more than 1,200 participants from the Reviving Baseball in Inner Cities (RBI) program for a special night at Kauffman Stadium. The kids receive tickets and food vouchers as well as special recognition during the game.

Prostate Cancer Foundation Day: Once again, the Royals join Major League Baseball in its effort to fight prostate cancer. Each home run hit will be matched by fans to help the Prostate Cancer Foundation find a cure for this disease. In addition, Royals Charities will present a $5,000 grant to the foundation.

U.S. Navy “Leap Frogs” Parachute Team: Get to your seats early on Thursday! Prior to the Royals 1:10 p.m. series finale with Texas, eight members of the U.S. Navy “Leap Frogs” Parachute Team will sail into Kauffman Stadium. Estimated time of arrival for the “Leap Frogs” is 12:53 p.m., but make sure you are in your seats by 12:50 p.m. so you don’t miss a thing!

Draft Day: Royals Take Eric Hosmer

Player Name: Eric Hosmer
Position: First Baseman
School: American Heritage HS (Fla.)
Birthdate: Oct. 24, 1989
Height: 6’4″ Weight: 215 lbs.
Bats: Left  Throws: Left 

Check out the stats and scouting report on the Royals first-round selection here on

More on Hosmer…

From the press release: The Kansas City Royals have selected Eric Hosmer, a first baseman from American Heritage High School in Plantation, Florida, with the third overall pick of the June Free Agent Draft. Hosmer, who bats and throws left-handed, hit .470 with 11 home runs, 27 RBI, 49 runs, and 14 stolen bases as a senior.

Hosmer participated in the Aflac All-American High School Baseball Classic in 2007 and was named the 2008 Player of the Year by the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. Baseball America’s 2008 draft preview rated Hosmer as the high school player with the best power as well as being the prep talent that is closest to the majors.

Royals Hold Open Tryout Camp on June 10

The Royals are holding an open tryout camp on Tuesday, June 10 at Mid-America Nazarene University (2030 E. College Way) in Olathe, Kan. There is no registration fee and registration will begin at 8 a.m. The camp follows, starting at 9 a.m.

The camp is for players who aren’t selected by another major league organization in the 2008 June Free Agent Draft. According to the release, American Legion players are required to bring a letter of permission to participate signed by either their Legion Coach or Post Commander.

Also, each player participating must sign a liability waiver, which can be found online at here (FYI…there will also be copies available at the tryout camp if you forget to bring one.). If the player is younger than 21, a parent of guardian must also sign the waiver.

Remember to bring your own personal equipment (shoes, glove, etc.) and, if you aren’t sporting a uniform, feel free to wear just some loose-fitting clothing.


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